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UN expert slams US as only nation to imprison kids for life without parole

UN slams US for jailing kids for lifeThe United States was singled out Monday by a United Nations expert on torture for being the only country in the world that continues to sentence children to life in prison without parole.

“The vast majority of states have taken note of the international human rights requirements regarding life imprisonment of children without the possibility of release,” Juan Méndez, the United Nations special rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment, said in his report, before noting that the United States is the only country to continue the practice.


Amtrak Train Derails In North Carolina After Hitting Truck

Amtrak derails in NCAn Amtrak train in North Carolina derailed Monday after hitting a transfer truck on the tracks.  Halifax County Sheriff Wes Trip told The Daily Herald that multiple people were injured, but none of the injuries were life-threatening.

Charlotte Story, a passenger on the train, told WRAL that she saw multiple people with minor injuries.

"There was a massive jerk and we were kind of thrown forward a little bit, and the train came to a sudden stop," Story told the station. "I couldn't tell you if it was trying to slow down or not. There was no whistle. It came completely out of the blue."


Supreme Court to review how Florida imposes death sentences

US Supreme CourtThe Supreme Court has agreed to review a death sentence imposed by a judge on a Florida inmate though the jury had been divided on punishment.

The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from inmate Timothy Lee Hurst, who was convicted of killing his manager at a Popeye's restaurant in Pensacola and leaving her body in a freezer.


Oklahoma fraternity closed over racist video

U of Oklahoma frat closedA University of Oklahoma fraternity will close and its members will be suspended after the group's national headquarters says a video showing members participating in a racist chant was posted online.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) said Sunday that an investigation had validated the contents of a video showing people chanting a racial slur against blacks and indicating that blacks would never be admitted to the fraternity. The chant also references lynching.


Bloody Sunday commemoration continues in Selma

Blloody SundayThe Bloody Sunday 50th anniversary commemoration continues Sunday with a series of events in Selma before a group retraces the steps that helped secure equal voting rights 50 years ago.

Sunday's events are expected to include church services, film screenings and a pre-march rally at the foot of the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Police beat and tear-gassed marchers at the foot of the bridge in Selma on March 7, 1965 in an ugly spasm of violence that shocked the nation. The attack on demonstrators preceded the Selma-to-Montgomery march, which occurred two weeks later. Both helped build momentum for congressional approval of the Voting Rights Act later that year.


Iraqi man shot and killed in Texas as he witnessed his first snowfall

Iraqi man shot and killed in TexasAn Iraqi man who recently moved with his wife to the United States for safety reasons was shot and killed in Texas while watching snow fall for the first time.

The incident occurred early Thursday in Dallas as Ahmed Al-Jumaili, 36, observed snowfall with his brother in an apartment parking lot while his wife took photos. Rifle fire from an unidentified group of men struck multiple cars and Al-Jumaili, who cried, "I'm hit." He retreated to his apartment, where he died a few hours later.


On Selma anniversary, Obama says racial progress made but more needed

Selma anniversaryWith a nod to ongoing U.S. racial tension and attempts to limit voting rights, President Barack Obama declared the work of the Civil Rights Movement advanced but unfinished on Saturday on a visit to the Alabama bridge that spawned a landmark voting law.

Obama, the first black U.S. president, said discrimination revealed in a report about law enforcement practices in Ferguson, Missouri, this week showed a lot of work needed to be done on race in America, but he warned it was wrong to suggest that progress had not been made.


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